This is the first post to my "Pun Salad" blog. Here are some things you might, but probably won't, find interesting.
- Title. "Pun Salad" is an anagram of my name, Paul Sand. There will probably be very few actual puns in the blog; feel free to be disappointed or relieved, however you are so inclined. Google says that "Kao Pun Salad" is apparently a Laotian food item, which I've never tried. Also apparently, "Kao Pun" is the name of a temple in Thailand, near the Bridge over the River Kwai. Would a Laotian food item be named after a temple in Thailand? Who knows? Anyway...
- Disclaimer. The unquoted opinions expressed here are not those of my [past] employer, the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Or any other entity or individual. I know, I know: duh. But I suppose it doesn't hurt to point this out.
- Free Speech. This blog was originally hosted on a UNH-owned machine,
on the UNH network. UNH has been (relatively) good about
respecting a free speech zone on its web servers for faculty,
staff, and students. Well, at least they have a proud history of
backing down when
faced with bad publicity about administrators trampling on individual rights
of free expression.
But, for the record, no UNH official ever even mentioned the blog to me, let alone in a censorious matter.
Since August 2008, we have been hosted by Reliable Webs LLC (originally "Arias Web Hosting"). So if you see something in this blog that irks you, and you're the sort of person who would enjoy complaining to higher-ups about it, they'd probably be the guys, so go for it. We might make the papers.
- Implicit Endorsement. There is no implicit endorsement of any material linked to. Sometimes there are some pretty wacky things out there; don't assume I agree with them just because you see them by following a link from my blog.
- Commercialism. There's strictly no capitalistic enterprise allowed
on machines attached to the UNH network. So: no tip jar, no ads, no
I-get-a-cut links to Amazon. If you really want to send money or buy me
something, I assume you can figure out how to do that. But don't do that.
Update: Pun Salad is no longer hosted on the UNH network, so it's a big thumbs up for ads, and (theoretically) I get an Amazon-cut for the links you click. So buy, buy, buy!
- Mission. This blog is nothing more than a repository for half-baked thoughts, ill-informed opinion, bad-tempered rants, gooey sentiment, and links to things on the Web I think are worth clicking upon, which you could probably find on your own anyway. Is that too self-deprecating? Probably not. I may be in love with the look of my own words on the web, but you may not be. Don't get your expectations up.
- Where I'm Coming From. (Or, "from where I'm coming.") See those links over there on the right? If you kind of average them, I'm right there, ideology-wise. Eloquence-wise, several sigma below their average, unfortunately. Intelligence-wise, ditto. Most of them are very smart.
- Topics. Basically, whatever strikes my fancy. I've noted some bloggers are taken to task for not commenting on certain issues, and often have blog entries explaining why they haven't blogged on Jeff Gannon, or the Michael Jackson trial, etc. None of that here. If you don't see it, it's almost certainly because I'm not interested in it. Or maybe I can't think of anything to say. I don't see any need to point that out explicitly.
- Editing. I'm not planning on being particularly anal about detailing after-the-fact tweaks, or corrections to previously-posted articles, although there should be a little note indicating when an article was last modified. Any article can be removed without notice or remorse (although you may be able to catch removed articles in Google caches).
- No Comments or Trackbacks. More trouble than they're worth, judging by what I've seen in other blogs. Feel free to send mail, though: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Syndication. Maybe I'll figure out how someday. Not a high priority. [Update: I did.]
- Credits. The look of this blog is due to the "Modern Lines" stylesheet cribbed from a now-defunct website "MovableStyle.com"; it's designed for use by Movable Type users, and I've shamelessly ripped it off (but not without credit). Other than that, it's a few homegrown Perl scripts.